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UPS is Making the Switch to Eco-Friendly and Electric Trucks

Morgan Hatfield, Social Media Intern, Consumer Technology Association

The United Parcel Service (UPS) is hoping to go greener by adding more alternative fuel delivery trucks to their fleet. UPS says they hope to have 25 percent of their vehicles running on non-conventional power.

UPS delivers, on average, 15.8 million packages each day with over 55,000 trucks in its US fleet and 114,000 globally. With over 8,300 alternative fuel trucks already in place, this increase in environmentally friendly vehicles could cut back on their carbon footprint immensely.

In the UK, UPS will be launching 35 electric trucks in Paris and London that have a battery range of 150 miles per charge. In California, UPS is teaming up with startup Thor Trucks to deploy a six month test run of Thor’s medium-duty electric trucks.

“UPS believes in the future of commercial electric vehicles. We want to support the research needed to make advances and the companies developing those innovative products,” said Carlton Rose, President of global fleet maintenance and engineering for UPS. “Performance is critical in our fleet. We are excited to get this vehicle on the road to test how it handles routes in and around Los Angeles.”

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